A wounded soldier and a promiscuous librarian are just two characters whose lives are shaped by the power of extraordinary desires in the play adaptation of "The Girl in the Flammable Skirt" by Jewish author Aimee Bender. A book signing with the writer will follow the show. $20 (general admission); $10 (students and seniors). 7 p.m. Following this special event, it will play Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 5:30 p.m. Through April 21. City Garage, 1340 1/2 Fourth St., Santa Monica. For tickets or more information, call (310) 319-9939.
The Slavin Family Children's Library invites kids of all ages to "Latzah Matzah -- Wacky Passover Tales," with storyteller David Steinberg and keyboard player Lea Ben-Ellis as part of the Sundays Are for Stories program. Steinberg is an animation artist and producer whose credits include "An American Tail," and "Mulan." 3-4 p.m. 6505 Wilshire Blvd. For more information, call (323) 761-8648.
Add a new seder plate or Elijah's cup to your Passover table this year with handpainted pieces from ceramic artist Sandy Michael Rosenstein. Her 2002 collection is on display from 5:30-8:30 p.m. today at The Crafts Emporium, 10522 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. Craft prices range from $25-$125. For more information, call (310) 559-4278.
Oy vey, shvitz and shlep are some of the Yiddish words that have transcended time and ended up as a part of the American vernacular. Tonight, author Miriam Weinstein discusses the "the Yiddishland that never came to be" and other historical facts from her book, "Yiddish: A Nation of Words." 7 p.m. Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles, 6006 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (323) 761-8644
Do you have Passover cooking anxiety? Well, Los Angeles Times and Jewish Journal cooking columnist and author Judy Zeidler has the answers to your holiday food woes in Passover Cooking With Judy Zeidler, where she demonstrates how to make everything from gefilte fish to scrumptious desserts. $40 (general admission). 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Audrey's Museum Store, Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. For reservations or more information, call (310) 440-4574.
The touring troupe Phantom Projects presents "The Center of the Universe," a youth-targeted production about how hate and violence can tear people apart. Stories about slavery and the Holocaust serve to create an unforgettable message about the value of human life. $5 (10 a.m. performance) and $10 (7:30 p.m. performance). La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd. For more information, call (562) 944-9801.
Mark Lerner and his family are refuseniks, natives of Russia whose request to move to Israel was rejected by the Soviet government. What's more, his father is thrown in jail. Nathan Kravetz tells the coming of age story of a young boy and his eventual trek to the promised land with his mother in "Moscow, Farewell!" The author will discuss his book at the West Valley JCC's Scholastic book sale today. 7:30 p.m. 22622 Vanowen St., West Hills. For more information, call (818) 464-3300.
In Neil Simon's "Come Blow Your Horn," Alan Baker always scoffed at commitment, breaking hearts all over town --until now. When his kid brother moves in and starts to imitate his playboy antics, the ladies' man rethinks his attitude toward women. 7:30 p.m. $8 (students); $10 (members); $15 (nonmembers). Also plays Saturday, March 16. 7:30 p.m. West Valley JCC, 22622 Vanowen St., West Hills. For reservations or more information, call (818) 464-3300.
Dwora Fried is a lesbian, a feminist and Jewish. She's lived in Austria, Israel and the United States. Her mediums are photography, drawing and painting. If you think you're noticing a pattern, you're right. The artist is amused by the playful intersections and cross-referencing of her personal triangles and her fascination with the number three is sprinkled throughout "Reigning Triangles: Mixed Media Works." Opening reception: Sunday, March 10. Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Through April 29. A Shenere Velt Gallery, Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring, 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (310) 552-2007.
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